The Best 35mm Camera Lenses Under $1000

The 35mm focal length is one of the most popular prime lens options out there, and with such popularity, there comes with it plenty of options for the budding photographer to choose from when looking for a 35mm lens to join their kit.

Today we are here to take a look at our picks for the best 35mm lenses under $1000. 

Sony 35mm F/2.8


Here is what we had to say about the Sony FE 35mm F/2.8 in our official review:

Though we have some qualms about this lens, we really can’t say that it is in any way a bad optic. In fact, it’s an incredible lens. On the A7 it will focus like a speed demon. On the A7r it will resolve more detail than your mom will want to see in her face. Then when you’re all done with that, you can take it out into inclement weather with no problems. Then there is your excellent color rendition and class leading sharpness. — Read Our Full Review Here

Those interested can grab the Sony 35mm FE F/2.8 over on Amazon, here.

Fujifilm 23mm F/1.4

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 23mm f1.4 product images for review (7 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 3.5

In our official review we had the following to say about the Fuji XF 23mm F/1.4 R:

“Overall, it is the most versatile lens that you can use for the Fujifilm X series system and we considering to be the single best lens for Street Photography using mirrorless cameras out there. This is due to the autofocus offering and the clearly readable depth of field scale on the lens when shooting with the zone focusing method.” — Read Our Full Review

Those interested can grab the Fujifilm 23mm F/1.4 over on Amazon, here.

Olympus 17mm F/1.8


In our official review of the Olympus 17mm F/1.8 we had this to say:

“Overall, the Olympus 17mm f1.8 is a solid lens that performed well throughout this test. The autofocus speed is incredible and the overall image quality is very good. It is a bit on the pricey side when compared to the Olympus 17mm f2.8 and the Panasonic 20mm f1.7, but its construction and autofocus speed may be worth the premium for some.”Read Our Full Review

Those interested can find the Olympus 17mm F/1.8 can find it over on Amazon, here.

Canon 35mm F/2

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In our official review of the Canon 35mm F/2 we had this to say:

“Canon’s 35mm f2 IS initially confused us with its design, but after taking extra time to understand the lens and work with it, we became believers. It delivers some wonderful image quality, has a solid construction to it, focuses quickly, and is extremely portable.”Read Our Full Review

Those interested can get their hands on the Canon 35mm F/2 over on Amazon, here.

Nikon 35mm F/1.8 G


In our official review of the Nikon 35mm F1.8 G we had the following to say:

“If you are a Nikon DX shooter, you should own this lens. It is a fantastic tool that will never let you down. The lens is extremely versatile and can travel anywhere.  Out of all of my photography purchases, so far, this has been one of the best. Even though I shoot full frame more often now, the Nikon 35mm f1.8G is still in heavy rotation. It is a work horse and it’s brilliant.”Read Our Review

Those interested can get their hands on the Nikon 35mm F/1.8 G over on Amazon, here.

Tamron 35mm F/1.8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tamron 35mm f1.8 Di VC review product photos (1 of 2)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

In our official review of the Tamron 35mm F/1.8 we have the following to say:

“This lens has the absolute best exterior texture I’ve ever felt. Zeiss, Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma–nothing can compare to this. It just feels so soft and elegant, yet I know for a fact that it can take a beating. This lens has weather sealing and at a $599 price point, who can beat that for a DSLR lens?”Read Our Review

Those interested can find the Tamron 35mm F/1.8 over on Amazon, here.

Sigma 35mm F/1.4 Art

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 35mm f1.4 vs Tamron 35mm f1.8 comparison product images (2 of 4)ISO 2001-40 sec at f - 3.5

“For quite a while, I loved my Canon 35mm f1.4 L USM. But after some time, I started to believe that the company needed to update it with sharper optics. In my opinion though, they’re taking a bit too long and when I used the new 24-70mm f2.8, I was very disappointed. With that said, Sigma offers users not only a better and more affordable option, but one that you’ll end up proudly carrying around with you all the time.”Read Our Review

Those interested can get their hands on the Sigma 35mm F/1.4 Art over on Amazon, here.

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.